Pendant with ram-headed sphinx

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.


Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, el-Kurru, Tomb Ku 55

Dimensions

Height x width: 10.3 x 3 cm (4 1/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.972

Medium or Technique

Gilded silver, lapis lazuli, and glass

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Pectorals

Large amulet of a ram-headed lion sitting on column, with red, green, and blue glass inlays in cloisons of gilt silver. Sphinx lacks one horn, and suspension ring.

Provenance

From El-Kurru, Ku 55 (an unnamed queen of King Piankhy). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession date: March 1, 1919)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition